Pain. How do we get rid of it? Ever stubbed your toe at the corner of a cabinet or a chair before? It's happened to the best of us. And all of us in fact. Get rid of immediately by screaming expletives. A study says that swearing can lessen the pain.
A study by Keele University researchers found that swearing helped volunteers endure pain nearly 50% longer than those who didn't curse. There were 64 volunteers who submerged their hands in freezing water, and repeated their chosen swear word instead of a common word. Swearing helped them endure the pain for almost two minutes compared to the one minute and 15 seconds when they used a normal word.
Researchers found that swearing not only allowed pain tolerance to go up but also decreased the volunteer's perception of pain. But what happens when you swear way too often? Does the effect dim?